a line goes for a walk Solo Exhibition | Priscilla Steele
“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”
Plucking the medium of drawing from the exclusive realm of the “old masters”, this playful observation was made by the twentieth century artist, Paul Klee. Its matter of fact wisdom recognizes the accessible-to-all nature of drawing as a direct path to expression.
Over a more than forty year career, the variability of line has been central to my exploration of figurative and botanic subjects. Working from life, the process of finding structure, gesture and scale cleaves true to Klee’s metaphorical walking line. Tentative marks search for form. Curiosity gives way to sweeps of dynamic contour. Often a sure route is abandoned in hope of a transformative discovery. Ultimately, the marks’ paths document a meditative, sometimes confounding and nuanced progression of visual observation.
It was an unwitting, intuitive choice that led me to focus on the figure and botanic subjects. Pivoting between their contrasting qualities, I refresh my perceptions. In this way, extravagant, blossoming petals exist in a calculated tension side-by-side with emotionally charged images of the figure.